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Hotel Kerobokan - Kathryn Bonella

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Welcome to Hotel Kerobokan, the ironic nickname for Kerobokan Jail, Bali's most notorious prison, and home to a procession of the infamous and the tragic: the BALI BOMBERS, Gold Coast beautician SCHAPELLE CORBY and the BALI NINE, among many others.

In Hotel Kerobokan's filthy and disease-ridden cells, a United Nations of prisoners live crushed together in misery. Petty thieves and small-time drug users share cells with killers, rapists and gangsters. Hardened drug traffickers sleep alongside unlucky tourists, who've seen their holiday turn from paradise to hell over one ecstasy tablet.

Hotel Kerobokan reveals the wild 'sex nights' organized by corrupt guards for prisoners who have the money to pay, the rampant drug use, the suicides and killings, and days out at the beach. It exposes the jail's role in supplying high-grade drugs to the outside, the gang that rules the jail through terror, the corruption that means anything is for sale, and the squalor and misery endured by prisoners.

Written by Kathryn Bonella, the co-author of Schapelle Corby's bestselling autobiography, and backed up by hundreds of prisoner interviews, the truth about Hotel Kerobokan explodes off the page.

About the Author

Since studying journalism at RMIT in Melbourne, Kathryn Bonella has worked as a journalist in television and print. She moved to London eighteen months after graduating and spent several years freelancing for 60 Minutes as well as numerous English and American television programs, magazines and newspapers. She returned to Australia in 2000 to work as a full-time producer for 60 Minutes. She moved to Bali in 2005 to research and write Schapelle Corby's autobiography, My Story, and then Hotel Kerobokan and now Snowing in Bali.

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      Super interesting. Some great insights into the inner workings of the prison by the author who speant time with inmates, guards and family members of prisoners.

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      Insight into a Balinese Jail

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        Comments about Hotel Kerobokan:

        Gives a good insight into the Kerobakan Jail that houses the Bali Nine Drug Smugglers and former prisoner Shapelle Corby. Does make fleeting references of the afore mentioned but doesn't go into details of them. Main focuses on several interviews with overseas prisoners and the rampanant corrruption that goes on. Goes get a bit repetitive and continually focuses and highlights the daily corruption that is the Indonesian Bali system. If anything it glorifies the Bali Jail and makes it sound like life is pretty easy there. Tourists are able to bribe their way in for a tour. Prisoners are able to bribe their way out for daily visits to the beach or shopping. Worth a read but I've read beter

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        ISBN: 9781742612522
        ISBN-10: 1742612520
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 336
        Published: 1st November 2012
        Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.2
        Weight (kg): 0.28
        Edition Number: 1